Review: Maine-Made, Vegan Goodness by J&K’s Hempworks

Who knew hemp oil was such a wonder ingredient in skincare? Aside from being a do-it-all (have you ever had hempmilk?! There is no creamier non-dairy milk around, making it great for smoothies and coffee), renewable crop, the oil extracted from hemp seeds is a powerhouse for the skin.

For one, the fats, or lipids, in hemp oil are similar to those found in the skin, making it an ideal moisturizer for skin lacking in moisture. The oil is also rich in vitamins A and E, which makes it good at promoting scar-healing, preventing stretch marks on soon-to-be mama’s, and even helping those suffering from psoriasis due to the oil’s omegas content. Let’s just say this: hemp oil is amazing.

That’s where J&K’s Hempworks comes in! We just certified their entire line, and they were kind enough to send a care package of their hemp-based skincare products.

According to their website:

J&K’s Hempworks is a small, hemp-based business focusing on personal care products, lip balms and soaps . . . [and] an environmentally and socially conscious company seeking to educate consumers who may be somewhat apprehensive about hemp based products due to confusion about the differences between marijuana and hemp.

Handmade in Maine, J&K’s Hempworks provides a number of different vegan skincare options, ranging from lip balms and soaps to shaving helpers and lotion bars.

The lip balms, which come in a variety of flavors (we tried Colleen’s Classic and Sunburst, an orange flavor), are one of the best vegan lip balms available in terms of texture. So many vegan balms are either too waxy, where they just drag across your lips, or are too oily, where you probably could have saved your money and rubbed coconut oil on your mouth. These balms are the perfect balance between the two, making them a moisturizing, deliciously-scented, holy grail companion. Also, they’re beeswax free, which is why we mentioned them in one of our earlier Facebook posts (and why they’re Certified Vegan, of course)!

Another great option, especially with the warmer weather coming, are the lotion bars. The bars are solid and buttery, making them a great traveling companion. Body heat melts the oils and butters directly into your skin, where you then gently rub it in. No oily feeling like some lotions, as it absorbs almost instantly! Bonus plus: the lavender scent, I’m Laven It!, would be amazing for the outdoors, as the lavender essential oil will help keep pesky bugs at bay.

All the products we tried are great, let’s be honest. The best multi-purpose one, however, is the liquid soap (which we got in Cranberry)! Similar to Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soaps, the J&K’s liquid soaps can be used as hand soap, body wash, and even shampoo. The soap is high in moisturizing oils, which makes it a little less suds-y then traditional soaps, but in turn leaves your skin soft, moisturized, and smelling like fall. Plus, we love the art deco design on the bottle!

Thanks so much to J&K’s Hempworks for allowing us to try these amazing, Certified Vegan products! They made hemp-lovers of us, and we hope they do the same to you! Interested in supporting a new, small vegan company and trying out some of the line yourself? Use code VEGAN at checkout to save 15% of your order! We definitely recommend the products we tried, but there are many more to choose from, especially since they’re going to continue expanding their line!


Petcurean Releases “Endless Valley,” a Food for Vegan Dogs!

Listen up, woof-ers!

Petcurean, a family-owned Canadian company that creates premium-quality pet food recipes by making sure your companion animal’s health is put first, has released a vegan dog food! For all-veggie dogs to canines with sensitive stomachs or allergies, the “Endless Valley” food under the new GATHER line is now available as a perfect, animal-friendly option for your tail-wagging friends. Note that Endless Valley is formulated for adult and senior dogs, so if you have a veg-head puppy, we suggest seeking an alternative!

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Loving that we can see our logo on this beautiful bag!

Endless Valley contains certified organic pea protein and other pure and natural ingredients that are then crafted into a vegan certified (that’s us!) recipe for hungry canines. A plant-based diet can be a great option for dogs, their humans and the environment, and Endless Valley provides all of the essential amino acids and complementary ingredients that provide complete and balanced nutrition. Because the food is Certified Vegan, we at Vegan Action guarantee that Endless Valley does not contain any animal ingredients or animal byproducts, uses no animal ingredient or by-product in the manufacturing process, and has not been tested on animals in any way, shape or form!

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PomPom, Zoey Jane, Rex, and Paddycakes all lining up for some treats

Why pick a vegan dog food? Reasons can range from concerns about the environmental impact of using animals for food, the questionable contents of other dog foods, or dog friends with sensitivities to animal proteins (which is pretty common). A vegan diet for your four-legged friend can be a great solution to all of your worries. Vegan Action has four office dogs running about, all of whom have been eating plant-based for the majority of their lives, and all of whom are happy, healthy, and well-cared for. You can read more about feeding your dog a vegetarian or vegan diet by clicking this link!

Find out more about the Endless Valley dog food on Petcurean’s website, and be sure to check to see if any retailers near you can or already do carry it!